Monday, April 30, 2007

Rainy Day

Looks like a rather chic puddle to me. Ironically, as I write this, its raining outside. This one has the rare honour of being the background to my work laptop. It was a bit of a mission to center it etc so the border does not show, but it was worth it.

Rainy Day

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to figure out the CD for the "listing" part of the French lessons I am responsible for. Given that I don't speak French, being able to figure out where to start / stop etc is a major achievement. Having the help of the HOD (languages) did not hurt either.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Pink Gauze

Sometimes, things that look fragile, can be remarkably strong.

Pink  Gauze

The large version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting my favourite dip on special! I use the dip to spice up "nuked" veggies and its also really good as a super quick sauce on fettuccine. Needless to say, I go through quite a bit of the stuff. Good thing its not too high in fat.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Flower Paua

A surprise that took minimal tweaking. Its good when this happens.

Flower Paua

The large version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting our ancient petrol lawn mower started! Once said mower is started, actually mowing the lawn is very easy.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Psychedelic Motion

Am slowly learning the "secrets" of "wire and tubes" fractals. The aim is to create something that is not so symmetrical, that its boring. This one certainly had that potential.

Psychedelic Motion

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a lovely weekend to look forward to! For some reason, this past week has gone really slowly. Yesterday and today were particularly exhausting. Am looking forward to "recharging" over the next few days.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pink Paper Weight

When I was a kid, I remember seeing really cool solid glass paperweights for sale at our local stationery store. I always wanted one but never really needed one. Now I have the electronic version (which does not require dusting and can't be broken).

Pink Paper Weight

The large version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being back at school. Its great to be working and interacting with people again after almost two and a half weeks of almost solid computer work.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Peaking

A truly abstract work which could be some kind of weird green eye. Of course it could be a bird's eye view of two strong gray guys carrying a pearl in an oblong green vase.

Peaking

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I live in such a beautiful city - at least, if you look in the right light. Driving to dance today was a real treat, as the sun was just setting and the city reflected the gold / orange sunlight. It was quite surreal!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ANZAC Day 2007

The background of this graphic is composed of 765 names of Kiwi soldiers who died in World War I. Their names are taken from the Common Wealth War Graves Commission website (Debt of Honour Register).

This is only a small fraction of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Anzac Day 2007

The large version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having work for Thursday and Friday, and then all through for the six weeks after that. Busy is good!

Monday, April 23, 2007

A Time for Peace

Here is another "Star of David" graphic, inspired by Ze'ev. He's the "ideas man". All I have to do is create the graphic.

In Hebrew, letters can function as numbers as well. You can read more about this fascinating topic over at Wikipedia.

A Time for Peace

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A video machine that can be "set" ahead of time. I know this is "no big deal" but its certainly convenient!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Yom Ha'atzmaut 5767

Specially made for Yom Ha'atzmaut. If you don't know what Yom Ha'atzmaut is, you can find out at the preceding link.

Israeli Charm Bracelet

The large version is at the preceding link. There's an extra large version for printing purposes too.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being featured in the Jewish Magazine (Shavuot 5767 Edition). They said some very nice things about my art. Thanks guys!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Yom Hazikaron 5767

Yom Hazikaron commemorates both Israel's fallen soldiers and civilians murdered by acts of terror.

Most of the names on the graphic come from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. A few of the names were given to me by members of the Israeli community here in New Zealand.

This is one of those graphics that is best viewed in its largest size where the individual names can be clearly read.

Yom Hazikaron 5767

Today's Gratitude Item: Being here to remember those who came before.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Blue Navigation

Presenting the latest in navigational aids. Created in Apophysis.

Blue Navigation

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Perfect Autumn weather and no leaves to rake up. Of course the leaf situation will change soon - but am enjoying the current "perfection" while it lasts. I seriously love Autumn.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tech Cog

This looks like a high technology cog. Either that or an eye staring back at you!

Tech Cog

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Perfectly ripe avocados! Need I say more?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Exotic Yarn

This one involved bilateral symmetry. Am pleased with the way the colours turned out.

Exotic Yarn / Magenta Ocean

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That email is basically free. New Zealand post are putting up the price of snail mail (again), this time its going up from 45c to 50c from the 1st of June. That means if you have "old" 45c stamps, you will need to buy some 5c stamps so that there is sufficient postage. IMHO that is rather inconvenient. But then nothing about snail mail is convenient (deep sigh).

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Twighlight Flow

Could also have called this one "Fractal River at Dawn". If you stare at if for a bit, it grows on you.

Twighlight Flow

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to be anywhere fast. Its a good thing because with the insane traffic in this city, trying to get anywhere in a hurry is a mission impossible.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Gold and Silver Glass Sphere

This "marble thing" is something of an addiction. Its sad really. At least they look pretty :)

Gold and Silver Glass Sphere

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding another new book by my favourite author in the library.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Yom Hashoah 5767

Yom HaShoah is when we remember those who perished in the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah 5767

This graphic aims to emphasise the humanity of those who died under the Nazi regime. The "number" is a reference both to the tattoos that were applied to prisoners of Auschwitz after 1941 and the "6 million who died during the Holocaust".

The words that are in colour all applied to my great grandfather at the time of his death in a concentration camp.

The arrangement of the words is random because people may use a number of different labels to describe themselves at any given time. The labels chosen will often depend on the situation / life stage of any given person.

This graphic is best viewed in large size.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my grandparents survived the Holocaust. Obviously if they had not, I would not be here today.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wrapped

Was playing around with wires, tubes and the "blob" variation and came up with this.

Wrapped

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Subways just opened a store within walking distance of my house. To celebrate the event, they are running some pretty good specials. Now if only it would stop raining...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Abalone Inspiration

This textured piece mimics a Paua shell. Paua is "kiwi" for abalone, only the Paua shells found in New Zealand waters are particularly bright. These shells are highly sought after and are used to make really gorgeous jewelery.

Abalone Inspiration

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Cold days with rain. As in not feeling guilty for staying indoors and watching TV / "working" on the computer. Of course I do exercise whilst watching TV (gotta love that treadmill).

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Metallic Bauble

This one was just a sheer joy to create. It would look smashing on the end of a gold chain or something.

Metallic Bauble

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: This Modeling Tutorial for Blender. Am slowly working my way through it. Without this tutorial, getting the "hang" of blender would be much, much harder.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Autumn - Close Up

Appropriately created on the last day of daylight saving. It seems that for once, my computer is in sync with the rest of New Zealand and has decided to generate an appropriate graphic.

Autumn - Close Up

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The smell of fresh bread *again*. With Pesach over for another year, out house once again smells like a bakery! This is a very good thing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sandstorm

Got "lucky" in Apo. Am particularly pleased with the way the colours turned out.

Sandstorm

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally figuring out how to save files in blender. Also managing to create two 3D dice. Blender is a free software for creating 3D scenes. Am finding it very tough to get to grips with it but the results are quite cool - its a good thing that I'm on holiday.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hot Pool

This one has a "cold" (ie: blue) version as well.

Hot Pool

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item:: That my camera was not broken! It just needed fresh batteries. Said camera behaved very strangely when I tried to turn it on resulting in a "mild" panic.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Tempus Fugit

These glass egg timers were created in POV-ray. Its been a while since I used that program but making the timers was actually quite simple.

Tempus Fugit

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to help out my brother instead of it being the other way round. "They" were right. It is better to give than to receive!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Choose Life

Some graphics are just screaming to be created. This was one of them. For something quite simple, it can be read on a number of levels.

Normally I don't "do" Easter but this one was too good to pass up.

Choose Life

The Really Massive version is at the preceding link. It was designed so that organisations could use it as a Road Safety campaign / Easter message thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having seven downloads on Shutterstock on Easter Friday! I was not expecting any.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Encroaching

This could be a desert encroaching on a forest - at least, that's what it reminded me of.

Encroaching

The large image is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The start of school holidays and the knowledge that when term 2 starts, I'll be busy (have already been booked for 6 weeks of term)!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sci Fi Floor

This one appeared with minimal tweaking and rendered incredibly well. If I only I knew what it was!

Sci Fi Floor

The large image can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being featured on a Shutterstock light box. Each month, SS runs a competition and whilst I did not win last month, one of my entries made it onto the light box. Theoretically being in a light box gives one more exposure and therefore more sales. Am interested to see if it works in this case.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Kosher Honey

This is how kosher honey is really made!

*Special note: According to the Kosher Kiwi Directory, all Pure New Zealand Honey is kosher.

Kosher Honey

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Lots of public holidays coming up. This will give me time to do some stuff that has been waiting for attention.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Pesach 5767

Pesach Sameach everyone! This blog will be on a brief break due to the Chag.

Pesach 5767

The large version of the above graphic is at the preceding link. Its the second in my "Pesach Series". If you missed it, you might enjoy last year's graphic.

Today's Gratitude Item: A day in which everything went really well! Have been really happy all day today (and am still smiling now).

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Soft Breeze

This one needed a fair bit of work to get rid of excess noise / pixelation. It turned out quite well in the end.

Soft Breeze

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a back up of a file that I over-wrote by mistake and knowing where to find the backup :)